Downregulation of the GnT-V gene inhibits metastasis and invasion of BGC823 gastric cancer cells

  • Authors: Binbin Huang, Longe Sun, Jianchun Cao, Yunyun Zhang, Qiong Wu, Junjie Zhang, Yanli Ge, Liu Fu, Zhirong Wang
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  • Published online on: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
  • Pages: 2392-2400
  • DOI: 10.3892/or.2013.2373


Metastatic and invasive potential is a barrier to the successful treatment of gastric cancer. N-acetylgluco­saminyltransferase V (GnT-V), a key enzyme catalyzing the formation of 1,6 N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), has been demonstrated to display a distinct function in different types of tumors. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of GnT-V in the invasive potential of BGC823 human gastric cancer cells in vitro and the possible underlying mechanism. GnT-V was downregulated in BGC823 cells by oligo-siRNA transfection. Cell proliferation and invasiveness were assessed by CCK-8 assay, Tunel assay, scratch-wound assay as well as transwell assay. The products of GnT-V, β1-6 branching of asparagine-linked oligosaccharides, were determined by L-PHA lectin blot analysis. The expression of EGFRs, E-cadherin/vimentin and MMP-2/MMP-9 was analyzed both at the mRNA and protein levels. The results showed that downregulation of GnT-V decreased proliferation and the metastatic/invasive potential of BGC823 cells. The expression of EGFRs, E-cadherin/vimentin and MMP-9, molecules related to cancer metastasis and invasion in various tumors, were influenced correspondingly. These findings suggest that downregulation of GnT-V inhibited cell metastasis and invasion of BGC823 cells via EGFR signaling-initiated EMT phenotype and MMP-9 expression. These results provide a novel mechanism to explain the role of GnT-V in cell metastasis and invasion.


Gastric cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death in the world, and accounts for 989,600 new cases and 738,000 deaths annually (1,2). Although the incidence of gastric cancer has been substantially declining for several decades, the disease is associated with a very poor prognosis, and the 5-year survival rate is ~20% (3). Surgery and chemotherapy are the primary treatments. However, surgery and chemotherapy have limited value in advanced disease. In a number of cases, the disease is usually detected after invasion of the muscularis propria, and tumor metastasis serves as an impediment to successful treatment (4). Furthermore, there is an absence of molecular markers for targeted therapy (1). Thus, new perspectives in epidemiological and experimental research are important to establish novel strategies for primary prevention.

N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase V (GnT-V) is a key enzyme that catalyzes the formation of 1,6 N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) through the action of adding antennae branching structures on a common core structure of Man3GlcNAc2 in the medial-Golgi apparatus (5). Abnormalities in the expression of GnT-V are thought to be associated with tumor metastasis and invasion in various types of cancer. However, the role of GnT-V in different cancers remains controversial. In the case of colon cancer and hepatocarcinoma, for instance, high GnT-V expression is associated with a poor prognosis (68). In contrast, low GnT-V levels are linked to a poor prognosis in lung, bladder carcinoma and neuroblastoma patients (911). The role of GnT-V in gastric cancer and its invasive behavior has scarcely been studied. Tian et al(12) reported that high GnT-V expression was observed in 46% (23/50) of gastric cancer tissues and was significantly correlated with lymph node metastases, peritoneal dissemination and liver metastases, respectively. Our group previously demonstrated that high GnT-V expression was associated with a poor prognosis in patients with gastric cancer, and GnT-V was expressed at a higher level in gastric cancer BGC823 cells than in GES-1 cells (gastric mucosal cell line) (unpublished data). Thus, it is reasonable to assume that inhibition of gastric cancer metastasis/invasion may be associated with the efficacy of repression of GnT-V.

Cancer cell metastasis/invasion is a complex process whereby tumor cells acquire the ability to dissociate from the primary lesion through activation of the epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling pathway, through alterations in the related phenotype and the degradation of the basement membrane by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) consequently promoting invasion by alterating cell motility and growth. Aberrations in EGFR lead to the abating of downstream signaling molecules such as focal adhesion kinase (FAK), the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K), Ras-mitogen-activated protein kinase (Ras-MAPK) generating an anti-metastatic/invasive effect (1318). In addition, GnT-V has been found to contribute to heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HB-EGF)-mediated epidermal hyperproliferation by inhibiting endocytosis of EGFRs bearing β1–6 GlcNAc on their N-glycans (19). In addition, downregulation of β1–6 GlcNAc branching in mammary tumor cells by overexpression of GnT-III (N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-III), which antagonizes GnT-V activity through conformational changes in N-glycans, was found to decrease EGFR signaling (2022). These reports highlight the importance of GnT-V mediated glycosylation of EGFR for tumor cell function. Previous reports have shown that aberrant EGFR signaling partly mediated the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype in squamous cell carcinoma and normal cells (23,24). The EMT phenotype is characterized by loss of epithelial markers (E-cadherin), increased expression of mesenchymal factors (vimentin), increased migratory capacity, and resistance to apoptosis, and appears to play an important role in tumor cell metastasis/invasion (25). Furthermore, EGFR expression has also been shown to correlate with MMP expression in breast cancer cell lines and non-small cell lung cancer (15,26). MMPs are a family of zinc-containing endopeptidases, among which, MMP-2 and MMP-9 are highly expressed in aggressive tumors (2730). However, the precise mechanism of GnT-V regarding the association of EGFR signaling, EMT and MMPs in gastric cancer still remains largely unknown. Thus, given that elevated expression of GnT-V in gastric cancer and aberrant glycosylation by GnT-V are reported to modulate EGFR signaling (19), we hypothesized that downregulation of GnT-V inhibits gastric cancer metastasis/invasion through EGFR-initiated EMT phenotype and MMP-2/9 expression. Investigation of the interaction between GnT-V and EGFR expression as well as the EMT phenotype and MMPs in gastric cancer may provide insight into the underlying biological mechanism, and may offer a plausible explanation for cell migration and invasion.

In the present study, oligo-siRNA-induced RNA interference was employed to downregulate GnT-V mRNA expression in BGC823 cells (gastric cancer cell line), and the biological behavior was consequently observed. The expression levels of EGFRs, E-cadherin/vimentin and MMP-2/MMP-9 were evaluated to further determine the underlying mechanisms.

Materials and methods


Cells in this study were divided into four groups as listed in Table I.

Table I

Four groups of cells in this study.

Table I

Four groups of cells in this study.

BGC823Cells cultured under normal condition without any treatment
BGC823/NCCells transfected with oligo-negative control (NC) siRNA and Lipofectamine 2000 reagent
BGC823/lipoCells treated with Lipofectamine 2000 reagent only
BGC823/GnT-VCells transfected with oligo-GnT-V siRNA and Lipofectamine 2000 reagent
Cell culture and transfection

BGC823 cells (gastric cancer cell line) were generously provided by the Cell Division of the Center Laboratory in Tongji Hospital of Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Cells were cultured in 90% RPMI-1640 (Gibco) supplemented with 100 U/ml penicillin and streptomycin antibiotics (Gibco) and 10% fetal bovine serum (Gibco) at 37°C with 5% CO2.

The synthesized oligo-GnT-V siRNA and oligo-NC were purchased from Shanghai GenePharma Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China. The sequences are listed in Table II. Oligo-GnT-V siRNA and oligo-NC were transfected into BGC823 cells by Lipofectamine 2000 (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA). Oligofectamine reagent for the cells (6×104/3 ml) consisted of 20 μM oligo-pairs (22.5 μl), Lipofectamine 2000 (30 μl) and RPMI-1640 (3 ml). Lipofectamine 2000 reagent was also added into the culture medium as a quality control. Transfected cells were harvested at a set time and were named BGC823/GnT-V, BGC823/NC and BGC823/ lipo cells, respectively.

Table II

Synthesized sequences.

Table II

Synthesized sequences.

Oligo-GnT-V siRNA F 5′-ggcggaaauucguacagautt-3′
Oligo-GnT-V siRNA R 5′-aucuguacgaauuuccgcctt-3′
Oligo-NC F 5′-uucuccgaacgugucacgutt-3′
Oligo-NC R 5′-acgugacacguucggagaatt-3′

[i] F, forward; R, reverse.

Levels of GnT-V mRNA were detected by quantitative real-time reverse transcription-PCR analysis (qRT-PCR). Reverse transcription reactions used the PrimeScript RT Master Mix (Takara Biotechnology Co., Ltd., Dalian, Japan) and proceeded for 15 min at 37°C followed by 5 sec at 85°C for complementary DNA (cDNA) synthesis. Real-time reactions were performed using the SYBR PrimeScript™ RT-PCR kit (Takara Biotechnology) under the following conditions: 30 sec at 95°C for 1 cycle, 5 sec at 95°C, 20 sec at 60°C for 40 cycles, 95°C for 0 sec, 65°C for 15 sec, and 95°C for 0 sec for melting curve analysis. The PCR primers (Sangon Biotech Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China) are listed in Table III. The relative mRNA expression level of GnT-V in each sample was calculated using the comparative expression level 2−ΔΔCT method. The expression of GnT-V protein was detected by western blot assay. Cells (107) were harvested and lysed with ice-cold lysis buffer (RIPA and a mixture of protease inhibitors; Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology, Haimen, China). Protein concentration of the supernatant was determined by the BCA protein assay procedure. Equal amounts of proteins were separated by 10% SDS-PAGE, respectively. Proteins were then transferred to polyvinylidene difluoride membrane using a semi-dry transfer apparatus. The membranes were blocked in Tris-buffered saline (TBS) with 5% non-fat milk for 1 h at room temperature, followed by incubation with the appropriate primary antibodies (1:500-diluted antibody of GnT-V, Abcam) at 4°C overnight. After washing in TBS-Tween 20 buffer, membranes were incubated for 2 h with the appropriate peroxidase-conjugated secondary antibodies, then the protein bands on the membranes were visualized using an ECL kit (Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology). The film was scanned and processed with the Odyssey Infrared Imaging system. Protein bands were quantified by Quantity One. The densitometric value of each protein band was normalized to GAPDH.

Table III

Sequence of primers.

Table III

Sequence of primers.

GnT-V F 5′-gaaaatggaatctgaaccctca-3′
GnT-V R 5′-actttgccatacacaagggact-3′
GAPDH F 5′-attgccctcaacgaccactt-3′
GAPDH R 5′-aggtccaccaccctgttgct-3′
EGFR F 5′-cgcaaagtgtgtaacggaatag-3′
EGFR R 5′-ccagaggaggagtatgtgtgaa-3′
ErbB2 F 5′-ttggtcactctgctgctgtaag-3′
ErbB2 R 5′-cttcattttggtagagccgaac-3′
ErbB3 F 5′-tgtaaggctgctgggactatg-3′
ErbB3 R 5′-gaacctgactgggtgacttga-3′
ErbB4 F 5′-ggggaataacattgcttcagag-3′
ErbB4 R 5′-ttaggaaggacaaggagaccaa-3′
E-cadherin F 5′-tgcccagaaaatgaaaaagg-3′
E-cadherin R 5′-gtgtatggcaatgcgttc-3′
Vimentin F 5′-gggacctctacgaggaggag-3′
Vimentin R 5′-cgcattgtcaacatcctgtc-3′
MMP-2 F 5′-ccactgccttcgatacac-3′
MMP-2 R 5′-gagccactctctggaatcttaaa-3′
MMP-9 F 5′-gttcccggagtgagttga-3′
MMP-9 R 5′-tttacatggcactgccaaagc-3′

[i] F, forward; R, reverse.

Lectin blot assay

Cells were harvested and lysed. Proteins extracted from the cells were electrophoresed on 10% SDS-PAGE, and protein-blotted PDVF membranes were prepared in exactly the same way as described for western blot analysis. After blocking with blocking solution [PBS containing 0.5% (w/v) Tween 20], the membranes were incubated with 1 μg/ml L-PHA (Sigma) for 2 h. Reactive bands were detected with a diluted BCIP/NBT in ExtrAvidin-AP buffer. The colorimetric reaction is normally completed within 10–20 min. The blotted proteins are colored in blue.

Cell proliferation assay (CCK-8)

Cells were seeded in 96-well plates at 2×103 cells/well. At the indicated times (0, 24, 48, 72 and 96 h), 10 μl of Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8; Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology) solution and 100 μl RPMI-1640 plus 10% FBS were added to each well. The cells were incubated for 60 min, and the absorbance at 450 nm was measured to calculate cell growth rates. Growth rate = (absorbance at 450 nm at × h - absorbance at 450 nm at 0 h)/(absorbance at 450 nm at 0 h).

TUNEL assay for apoptosis detection

All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) (80 mM) was used to induce apoptosis in cells. Cells were treated with 80 mM ATRA for 24 h then adherent cells were fixed with 4% paraformaldehyde. Subsequently, the detection of apoptosis was preceded by TdT-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay according to the manufacturer’s instructions (in situ cell death detection, Fluorescein kit, Roche). Apoptotic cells colored green were observed under a fluorescence microscope. The numbers of green fluorescence cells were counted in five different fields, selected randomly.

Cell scratch-wound assay

Cells were seeded on 24-well plates and grown to a monolayer. Wound areas were scraped using 20-μl plastic tips. At the indicated times (0 and 24 h), the wound areas were photographed and the wound healing rate was calculated. Healing rate = (width of wound at 24 h - width of the wound at 0 h)/width of wound at 0 h.

Cell migration assay

To evaluate cell migration capability, Transwell plates (Corning Incorporated) with a 6.5-mm diameter filter and an 8.0-μm pore size were used. Transwell chambers were inserted into a 24-well plate. Cells (1×105) were plated in the upper compartment in 200 μl of serum-free medium/chamber, and 500 μl of complete medium was added to the lower wells. The chambers were incubated for 24 h at 37°C in 5% CO2 to allow cells to migrate from the upper chamber to the lower well. Cells migrating through the pores and adherent on the undersurface of the membrane were stained with Giemsa reagent. The number of cells was counted in five different fields. These fields were selected randomly.

Cell invasion assay

The cell invasion assay was performed using 24-well Transwell units with 8-μm pore size polycarbonate inserts (Matrigel™ Invasion Chamber, BD Biosciences). Cells that were suspended in RPMI-1640 plus 10% FBS were added to each upper compartment of the Transwell units. After being cultured for 24 h, cells migrating through the Matrigel-coated polycarbonate membrane were fixed using 4% paraformaldehyde, and then stained with Giemsa reagent. The numbers of invasive cells were counted in five different fields. These fields were selected randomly.

RNA isolation and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction

Total RNA was isolated from cells using the TRIzol reagent (Invitrogen). The product was reverse-transcribed into first-strand complementary DNA (cDNA). Thereafter, the expression levels of EGFR, ErbB2, ErbB3 and ErbB4, E-cadherin, vimentin, MMP-2/MMP-9, were measured using the SYBR PrimeScript™ RT-PCR Mix (Takara) according to the manufacturer’s protocol. GAPDH was used to normalize the mRNA. Sequence-specific primers were designed as shown in Table III. Real-time PCR (40 cycles of denaturation at 92°C for 15 sec and annealing at 60°C for 60 sec) was run on a LightCycler application system version 1.5.

Western blot assay

Cells were washed with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) twice and lysed with ice-cold lysis buffer (RIPA) (Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology) and a mixture of protease inhibitors. The cell lysates were centrifuged at 14,000 × g for 15 min at 4°C. The supernatant was collected, and the protein concentration was determined by BCA kit (Beyotime Institute of Biotechnology). Equal amounts of proteins were separated by 10 or 8% SDS-PAGE, respectively. Proteins were then transferred to PVDF membranes. The membranes were blocked in Tris-buffered saline (TBS) with 5% non-fat milk for 1 h at room temperature, followed by incubation with the appropriate primary antibodies (a 1:500 dilution of the antibody for MMP-2; a 1:5,000 dilution of the antibody for MMP-9; a 1:1,000 dilution of the antibody for E-cadherin; a 1:200 dilution of the antibody for vimentin; a 1:500 dilution of the antibodies of EGFR, ErbB2, ErbB3 and ErbB4) at 4°C overnight. All antibodies were purchased from Abcam Co., Ltd., Cambridge, MA, USA. After washing in TBS-Tween 20 buffer, membranes were incubated for 2 h with the appropriate peroxidase-conjugated secondary antibodies. After washing in TBS-Tween 20 buffer, the protein bands on the membranes were visualized using an ECL kit. The film was scanned and processed with Odyssey Infrared Imaging system. Protein bands were quantified by Quantity One. The densitometric value of each protein band was normalized to GAPDH.

Statistical analysis

Data are presented using means ± SD. Statistical comparisons of groups were performed using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and statistical significance was defined as P<0.05. All the analyses were performed using SPSS 13.0 software.


Downregulation of the GnT-V gene in BGC823 cells

We first explored the effect of oligo-GnT-V siRNA on GnT-V expression in BGC823 cells. After being transfected by the constructed oligo-GnT-V siRNA, BGC823 cells were harvested at 24 and 48 h for future use. The result showed that the expression levels of GnT-V mRNA and protein in BGC823/GnT-V cells were decreased by 33.87±0.01 and 35.69±2.67% when compared to the BGC823 cells (P<0.05) (Fig. 1). Thus, the BGC823/GnT-V cells were used in all subsequent experiments.

β1–6 branched N-oligosaccharides are decreased in the BGC823 GnT-V cells

β1–6 branching of asparagine-linked oligosaccharides, which are the products of GnT-V, have been shown to correlate with tumor grade and metastasis. We verified here that GnT-V suppression contributed to the reduction in β1–6 branched N-oligosaccharides in the BGC823/GnT-V cells (Fig. 2). We performed lectin blot analysis on total cellular proteins using L-PHA, which preferentially binds to GlcNAc residues on β1–6 branches of tri- or tetra-antennary sugar chains. This analysis showed that GnT-V catalyzed specific glycosylation to target glycoproteins, of which major molecular sizes were ~10–120 kDa. The result suggests that target substrates of GnT-V were repressed efficiently.

Proliferation of BGC823 cells is inhibited by downregulation of GnT-V

A previous study showed that downregulation of GnT-V induced significant growth suppression in a nasopharyngeal carcinoma cell line (31). We aimed to ascertain whether downregulation of GnT-V in gastric cancer cells contributes to inhibition of cell proliferation. We addressed this question using the CCK-8 assay to characterize the growth ability and TUNEL assay to evaluate the apoptosis rates induced by ATRA in BGC823 cells. As shown in Fig. 3, the growth rates of the BGC823/GnT-V cells were lower than those of BGC823, BGC823/NC and BGC823/lipo cells over a 4-day period. TUNEL assay revealed that the apoptosis rates of the BGC823/GnT-V, BGC823, BGC823/NC and BGC823/lipo cells following treatment with 80-mM ATRA for 24 h were 27.97±1.96, 11.00±1.67, 11.24±3.19 and 11.39±2.08%, respectively (P<0.05) (Fig. 4), which suggests that BGC823/GnT-V cells are more susceptible to apoptosis induced by ATRA. These results showed that downregulation of GnT-V inhibited the proliferation of BGC823 cells.

Migration and invasion of BGC823 cells are inhibited by downregulation of GnT-V

The scratch-wound and Transwell migration assays were applied to detect cell migration ability. Wound healing rates of the BGC823, BGC823/NC and BGC823/lipo cells were higher than that of the BGC823/GnT-V cells at 24 h (Fig. 5A and B). The result of the Transwell migration assay was consistent with that of the scratch-wound assay. More BGC823, BGC823/NC and BGC823/lipo cells migrated through the membrane of the Transwell unit than BGC823/GnT-V cells (P<0.05) (Fig. 5C and D).

The invasive ability of the cells was determined by a Matrigel-coated Transwell assay. Fig. 6 shows that less BGC823/GnT-V cells penetrated the Matrigel-coated membrane when compared with the number of invading BGC823, BGC823/NC and BGC823/lipo cells (P<0.05).

Expression of invasion-related factors in the BGC823/GnT-V cells

To elucidate the mechanism by which GnT-V downregulation affects EGFR-mediated aberration of the EMT phenotype and MMP-9/MMP-2 expression, the expression levels of EGFRs, E-cadherin/vimentin and MMP-2/MMP-9 were investigated. A different expression pattern for EGFR/ErbB2 and ErbB3/ErbB4 was found in the cells. EGFR and ErbB2 were decreased in the BGC823/GnT-V cells both at the mRNA and protein levels. In contrast, ErbB3 in the BGC823/GnT-V cells showed no difference when compared with the other cells both at the mRNA and protein levels. Yet, ErbB4 protein in the BGC823/GnT-V cells was deceased (Fig. 7). E-cadherin and vimentin are important regulatory markers for EMT. We found that the E-cadherin expression level was significantly higher in the BGC823/GnT-V cells, and vimentin expression was lower in the BGC823/GnT-V cells (Fig. 8). MMP-9 expression was decreased in the BGC823 GnT-V cells both at the protein and mRNA levels (Fig. 9). No MMP-2 expression was detected (data not shown). Taken together, our results suggest that downregulation of GnT-V disturbed the levels of EGFR, E-cadherin/vimentin and MMP-9 expression, thereby subsequently inhibiting the process of metastasis and invasion.


N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase V (GnT-V) catalyzes β1–6 branching of N-acetylglucosamine on asparagine-linked oligosaccharides of cell proteins (21,32,33). The roles of GnT-V in the metastasis/invasion of various types of tumors are conflicting. Upregulated GnT-V activity has been reported in human colon cancer, hepatocarcinoma and breast cancer tissues (68,34). However, increased GnT-V activity has been found to be associated with favorable stages as well as favorable prognosis in non-small cell lung cancers, bladder carcinomas and neuroblastoma (911). In the present study, we investigated the role of GnT-V in gastric cancer during the process of metastasis and invasion. The BGC823/GnT-V, BGC823, BGC823/NC and BGC823/lipo cells were cultured for assaying. It was found that downregulation of GnT-V expression was accompanied by a reduction in β1–6 N-acetylglucosamine branches, inhibition of cell growth and enhanced cell apoptosis induced by ATRA, resulting in inhibition of BGC823/GnT-V cell proliferation in vitro. Furthermore, the metastatic and invasive potential of BGC823/GnT-V cells was less than that of the other cell groups. These results demonstrated that targeted suppression of GnT-V reduced proliferation and invasion ability of BGC823 cells in vitro.

It is well known that EGFR-mediated signaling plays a crucial role in the control of cell metastasis and invasion in epithelial and cancer cells. To examine whether EGFRs are also required in the process of gastric cancer metastasis and invasion, EGFR, ErbB1, ErbB2 and ErbB3 levels were evaluated in BGC823 cells. The results indicated that suppression of GnT-V may decrease EGFR and ErbB2 gene transcript activity by reducing glycosylation of the transcription factors involved. Further investigation may be useful to answer this problem in the future. The decreased expression of ErbB4 at the protein level was induced by reduction of β1–6 GlcNAc branching accompanied by GnT-V suppression as hypothesized before. As EGFR signaling is essential for tumor cell proliferation and migration/invasion, we assumed that downregulation of GnT-V inhibits proliferation and migration/invasion of gastric cancer cells by modulated EGFR signaling.

On the other hand, modification of E-cadherin N-glycans by GnT-V plays a role in tumor metastasis, as GnT-V has been reported to delocalize E-cadherin to the cytoplasm by post-transcriptional modification of E-cadherin (35,36). However, little is known about the post-transcriptional modifications of E-cadherin and its role in E-cadherin-mediated tumor progression in gastric cancer cells. A substantial body of evidence has appeared to support the view that the E-cadherin function may mainly be affected by mechanisms through N-glycosylation at the post-translational level in some carcinomas (3739). However, our data demonstrated that downregulation of GnT-V affected the transcripts of E-cadherin and vimentin, and further influenced the protein expression of E-cadherin and vimentin.

The MMP family is considered to be one of the most important factors in tumor invasion. Particularly, the high expression of MMP-9 is considered as a crucial factor for cell migration/invasion of endothelial cells into the adjacent stroma (30). It is essential to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the N-glycan regulation of the invasive function of MMP-9 in gastric cancer biology. The present study showed that MMP-9 expression in gastric cancer was decreased.

In conclusion, downregulation of the GnT-V gene inhibits invasion of gastric cancer BGC823 cells in vitro. The underlying mechanisms may be linked to EGFR signaling-initiated EMT phenotype and MMP-9 expression. These findings suggest that GnT-V may be a potential target for predicting the invasive potential of gastric cancer.


The present study was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation of China (no. 81170333) and the Shanghai Committee of Science and Technology Key Projects for Basic Research (no. 12JC1408402).



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June 2013
Volume 29 Issue 6

Print ISSN: 1021-335X
Online ISSN:1791-2431

2012 Impact Factor: 2.191
Ranked #36/196 Oncology
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